Do you ever have moments like that?
I have a lot of them...I love movies because they bring together so many different avenues of storytelling.
First of all, the music tells a story. I love how composers use sounds the way writers use words- their music draws us into the main character's emotions by helping us to feel what they feel. Music, in itself, is a beautiful way of sharing a story.
The cinematography too uses lighting and camera angles to give us, not only a straight visual of the story's action, but clues into reoccurring themes and added insight into the character's emotions.
The actors too, are storytellers who after convincing us that they're the main character, sort of hold our hand through the story-telling process.
So, anyways blabbady blah aside, because I love escaping the utter yuckiness of reality, I like stories. Therefore, I love the the way the cinema brings together so many wonderful ways of sharing a story.
I've got a ton of favorite movies and most of them are Spielbergish (because I love his romantic optimism) but there are other movies that I like and I don't really know why...
These other movies may not be so great in the cinematography department and some of the actors may be the most convincing, but I've fallen in love and I can't get out.
So, I think my favorite movie is Anne of Green Gables, it trumps Hugo (which I love), The Tree of Life (sigh...so beautiful), Titanic (yeah, I'm a dork, I love that movie too), Spanglish (Adam Sandler at his best!), and even the 8 billion hour long version of Pride and Prejudice (which I absolutely adore).
It's old and some of it's a bit cheesy, but I will always love Anne of Green Gables.
What about you?
Your all time favorite movie that you can watch again and again is (...drum roll!...) ...?
Let me know what it is and what you love about it, maybe I can add it to my "need to watch list"!